This past weekend I participated in the annual Obey Convention, Halifax’s beloved festival of music and art that doesn’t obey conventions. I played a Broken Deer set on Friday night, opening for Pete Swanson, and then organized an afternoon of improvised music called Music for Plants at the Common Roots Urban Farm (myself, Jesse Matthews and Evan Cardwell pictured above). I feel incredibly inspired by all the music I took in (highlights include Organ Magic, Chris Corsano, Kyle Bobby Dunn, and Grouper), and all the wonderful people I met and reconnected with.
Thank you to all at Obey, especially Darcy, Matthew, Evan, Cam, and James who made this weekend such a successful and memorable one. Thank you to Jayme and the Common Roots Urban Farm team for all your help in coordinating the special time that was Music for Plants. Thank you to the Food Wolf for the delicious food. And thank you to all the wonderful artists, friends (old and new), and supporters who made this weekend a great one.
Leading up to the weekend, The Coast published a wonderful little article about Broken Deer. Also, I sat down with Gianna Lauren, Station Coordinator at CKDU 88.1 FM in Halifax, to discuss Polaraura and my upcoming performances:
I’m taking the inspiration from this weekend to work on new music, as well as dive deep into my shamanic drumming studies. Thanks for tuning in.
A short, shadow-animated film that I made with Edward Westerhuis in Whitehorse, Yukon is currently touring the country as part of the Sci-Fi Double Feature, a creation of Yukon’s own Ramshackle Theatre (Brian Fidler and Edward Westerhuis). The film Edward and I made is called Zoobee Zoobak’s Unregistered Inventors Summit, and it features a naively confident, duck-billed host guiding the heckling audience through three inventors’ creations. We witness the downfall of the event, and Zoobak’s blind enthusiasm.
In 2011, Zoobee won top honours at the First Annual Shadow Challenge, hosted by ED Video in Guelph, Ontario. I’m really happy it’s part of this event with Ramshackle. Now for a sequel! How about, Zoobee Zoobak’s Animal Wonderland Show? Or, Zoobee Zoobak’s Journey to Saturn. So many possibilities.
BROKEN DEER: SOUTHERN SOULS REVIEW -
A really wonderful review from Andrew Patterson at Southern Souls:
Often, when discussing the merits of lo-fi recording, there is an emphasis on how the sound is made beautiful by restriction. Either there is a sense of immediacy (time restriction) or a sense of triumph despite limitations…
I’m organizing/curating this event for the OBEY Convention in Halifax, NS. It’s free. Be sure to come on out!
COMMON ROOTS URBAN FARM PRESENTS – Music for Plants and Food Wolf Brunch
June 9th – 1pm | Common Roots Urban Farm
Improvised music. An urban farm. Springing plants. Locally-sourced brunch. All these elements will come together on Sunday afternoon’s Music for Plants – a performance of improvised music where artists will create soundscapes and textures inspired by their interactions with the plants at Common Roots Urban Farm. Inspired by her love of nature and sound, Lindsay Dobbin wanted to create an environment where the connection between the two could be explored, and she has invited her collaborators Evan Cardwell (Double Vision Quest) and Jesse Matthews (JFM), who call themselves JOURNEYS, to go on that quest. Tim Crabtree of Paper Beat Scissors will also be performing his more ambient, improvisational sounds. Other artists TBA.
Commons Root Urban Farm aims to deepen the connection between people and nature, and OBEY is thrilled to be part of that adventure by offering sound as a modality to grow food and community.
More info here.
The film Heather Rappard made for “My Heart’s in the Highlands” will premiere this Thursday via Hartzine. Also, it was selected to screen at the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival as part of the Atlantic Canadian Experimental Works + Chamber Shorts screening. Called a “gothic love ballad” by HIFF, the film has so much textural depth, light mixing with dark. I can’t wait until everyone gets to experience it!
There is now a Broken Deer Tumblr, for all things Broken Deer. Also, Polaraura is going to be released in less than a week. It will be available Tuesday, March 27 via Bandcamp in limited edition cassette/zine format and/or digital download.
Broken Deer is the low-fi field recording/experimental folk project of Canadian Lindsay Dobbin. Through combining sounds of exterior and interior environments, Broken Deer explores forgotten wildernesses and unearths tender histories to create highly personalized sonic landscapes.
Broken Deer’s next album, Polaraura, will be released independently on March 27, 2013. Recorded on analogue tape recorders in a cabin outside Whitehorse, Yukon, Polaraura is a sonic journey of spiritual longing in a beautiful but undiscerning landscape. Featuring sounds of frozen rivers, wolves, snow, wind, forest spirits, owls and, even, northern lights, Polaraura takes the listener on a journey to another world - a forgotten wilderness - within themselves.